Professional Staff


 


Lena Karam

Diploma in Business Administration

Centre Admin Assistant

E-mail: lena.karam@ridbc.org.au
Phone/TTY: (02) 9872 0303
Fax: (02) 9873 1614
Office hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

Biography

Lena is the Renwick Centre Administrative Assistant and provides administrative support to the Executive Officer, Graduate Studies and when required, to Director, RIDBC Renwick Centre. Lena is the first point of contact within the Renwick Centre.

Lena is responsible for monitoring and maintaining all student records, provides information to students about programs offered at the Renwick Centre, as well as using the University of Newcastle student record system.  Lena manages bookings for onsite accommodation for King House.


Jacqui Cashmore

Associate Diploma Education – Habilitation (Catholic College, Bachelor Education Primary (University of Sydney), Master Special Education (Flinders University)
Coordinator, Continuing Professional Education

E-mail: Jacqui.Cashmore@ridbc.org.au
Phone: 0408 403 829 or (02) 9872 0302

Biography

Jacqui is the Coordinator of Continuing Professional Education at the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) Renwick Centre.

Jacqui has worked with students and young people with sensory, intellectual and physical disabilities since 1994. She spent many years in classrooms as a teacher and then as a School Principal. She also has had a role as a Special Education Consultant at the Association of Independent School NSW.

She has been an active member on many committees at both a state and national level focussing on curriculum writing and development as well as access for all students. 

Research Interests

  • Education of students who are deafblind
  • Evidence based practice in inclusive classroom settings
  • Adult learning styles
  • Models of professional support

Claire Farrington

BA (NSW), GradCertAdEd (New England), MLMEd (Newcastle)
Executive Officer, Graduate Studies

E-mail: claire.farrington@ridbc.org.au
Phone: (02) 9872 0811
Office hours: Monday to Thursday

Biography

Claire Farrington is Executive Officer, Graduate Studies at the Renwick Centre for Professional Education and Research. Claire has supported the professional development and academic programs of Renwick since 1995 and has co-ordinated distance education and the broader graduate studies program since 2001.

In her current role, Claire is responsible for the administration of postgraduate programs from initial annual planning to implementation. Claire also provides support to all academic staff in regard to the delivery of graduate programs to a growing distance student population.


Julie Thorndyke

BA (LibSc) KCAE, BA (EngLit) (Macquarie), MCW (Sydney), AALIA
Manager, Library and Information Services

E-mail: julie.thorndyke@ridbc.org.au
Phone: (02) 9872 0396

Biography

Julie is responsible for managing our library and information services, which are designed to meet the information needs of Renwick Centre staff and students, whether they be on-campus or remote library users. With a career in librarianship spanning thirty years, Julie's wealth of research experience comes from a variety of roles in school, university and TAFE libraries. She will readily guide you through the maze of print and electronic resources available to postgraduate students. Email or phone her any time during office hours for helpful hints on journal access, borrowing, referencing and any other library queries.


Marijana Miletic

BSc (UNSW), GradDipIM - Librarianship (UNSW)
Senior Librarian

E-mail: marijana.miletic@ridbc.org.au
Phone: (02) 9872 0352

Biography

Marijana is part time senior librarian at the Renwick Centre. In this role she is responsible for the information needs of Renwick Centre students enrolled in on-campus and distance learning modes; the professional information and research needs of Renwick Centre faculty, as well as those of the professional staff of the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children; and also supporting parents of children enrolled in RIDBC programs in their information quests.

Marijana has worked in the information field for 13 years in medical, public, TAFE, school and now university libraries. In March 2007 she took up her current position. Professional qualifications include a Bachelor of Science (In Science & Technology Studies) and a Graduate Diploma in Information Management - Librarianship both from the University of New South Wales, Sydney. She is available on Mondays and Tuesdays.


Jason Morgan

BA (Wri) (Southern Cross)
Library Technician

E-mail: jason.morgan@ridbc.org.au
Phone: (02) 9872 0818

Biography

Jason's responsibility as a library technician at Renwick Centre includes the processing and maintenance of information resources. He is also committed to assisting staff and students with their information needs. Jason holds a Diploma in Library and Information Services and a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Writing and Media studies. He works three days a week, and is always enthusiastic to answer reference enquiries or questions about online resources or borrowing.

Jason is available Wednesdays to Fridays.


Franziska Chauhan

BTech ICS (Macquarie), GradDipAdvFin (Finsia)
Web Developer/Online Systems Support

E-mail: fran.chauhan@ridbc.org.au
Phone: (02) 9872 0258

Biography

Fran is the part time web developer at the Renwick Centre. In this role, she is responsible for the design and development of websites and databases. This includes community forums, special groups registrars, e-learning platforms and other content / relationship management databases, supporting various research programs in the Renwick Centre. Before joining RIDBC in September 2014, she worked in the IT industry for over 10 years.

Fran is normally available between 8am - 3pm, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.